New Goodwill store opens in Carolina Forest

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) A brand new Goodwill store has finally opened its doors in Carolina Forest, leaving many looking forward to the shopping experience.

The new Carolina Forest Goodwill Retail Store is located at 2164 Oakheart Rd. According to a press release from Goodwill, the new store is 5,000 square foot retail store features a 8,500 square foot retail area.

"By expanding the number of our stores we are expanding the opportunity for people to donate, and therefore expanding our ability to further achieve our mission of providing jobs, job training and placement for people with disabilities and other barriers to employment," said Robert Smith, CEO and President for Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina.

At the brand new thrift store, shoppers  will find more than just isles of women's and men's clothes. Shoppers will  also find all sorts of things like furniture, books, and children's toys. Dozens of people showed up for the store's grand opening and everyone seemed to be after  the store bargain prices. That's why Pamela Joseph was there for the ribbon cutting ceremony.

"It's great for the community and a lot of fun," Joseph. "Good shopping, I always find good deals."

The new store features drive-thru donations where donors don't even have to step foot outside their car door. Donations made to goodwill are tax deductible and donors will also receive store perks like 10 percent discounts.

In March, the Goodwill store will open a Job Link Center. According to Goodwill, the purpose of the center is to help people find jobs, and in the mean time help to make them more employable by offering individuals free employment.

At the center, job seekers can get career counseling, job training, and other employment related programs to people with barriers to employment. Last year, Goodwill placed over 900 people into new jobs and served over 28,000.

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